After Chanels bold ban on exotic skins from their collections ”“Â read about it hereÂ ”“Â the move by the French fashion house has sparked a wave of controversy and opinion. Affecting not just handbags, the subject will certainly be a topic of discussion across clothes, watch and interior labels too.
Speaking to BOF, Daniel Natusch, Rosie Cooney, Tomas Waller, and Grahame Webb all Chairs of conservation groups argued quite convincingly that prohibiting the use of exotics skins is dangerous for biodiversity, saying Chanel has taken a “well-intentioned but misdirected decision.”
Moreover, many of the local, indigenous peoples that rely on sustainable farming for their main income, will inevitably be severely affected by this so where does the line get drawn?Â Is it possible for fashion to still use exotic skins to some degree? Certainly, there are many cases for the sustainable farming of wild animals, as the Conservationists put to BOF “In Indonesia, 150,000 people benefit from harvest and trade in reticulated pythons, which the science confirms is sustainable.”
As 87% of adults now declare ethical purchases important to them, how do fashion houses mirror this demand while keeping ecological effects intact? If one thing is clear from the debate, its that no decision where animal welfare is concerned is ever that simple.